The three individuals have not been charged with any crimes, but police investigators consider them “people of interest” as they investigate the burglaries and the car larcenies, Ramapo police Detective Lt. Mark Emma told The Journal News.
Ramapo police took the three individuals into custody for questioning, Emma said. They didn’t provide details.
“They are people of interest in connection to several larcenies from cars and there are possible connections to several of the burglaries in Spring Valley,” Emma said.
Spring Valley police detectives also joined the interviews this morning, Detective Sgt. James Noble said.
The local Chaverim members have been involved in patrolling the streets and trying to assist the investigators, Emma said. Chaverim means friend in Hebrew, and its members volunteer to help people in the Orthodox Jewish communities in Ramapo.
Noble said several families in the Blueberry Hills neighborhood have provided surveillance tape to the police. He said local rabbis also have assisted by spreading the word to their followers.
“There have been a couple of good videos,” Noble said.
During the past two weeks, homes in the predominately ultra-Orthodox Jewish Blueberry Hill neighborhood had been targeted by a burglary crew during the after-midnight hours while people slept, Spring Valley police said.
Police suspect the small break-in crew are entering homes through unlocked doors and open windows. The thefts have taken place after midnight while residents slept.
At the same time, village police have been trying to catch a gang that had been robbing and beating up day laborers on the streets along the outskirts of the downtown business district.
By Steve Lieberman - The Journal News